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Another month, another update!

Have you visited my Facebook page recently? I have a little contest involving the title of the second Silver Moon Saga novella happening right now. Each day I’m revealing a letter of the title, and the first person to unscramble them and guess the title wins a $5 Amazon gift card! Definitely check it out if you can.

I also have an Ask the Author feature on my Goodreads page! I’d love to answer your questions, so don’t be shy!

In writing news, I am just about done with the second novella, which is very exciting. Even more exciting is I read through THE SHADOW STEALER for the third time, made a few more changes, and sent it to my beta! This is a big deal. I’ve been working on this since November, was rather unhappy with it for awhile, but I’ve finally come to the point where I’m able to let it go. Of course this is not the end for it; I’m sure I’ll have to make some more changes, but I’m happy that I’ve taken one step closer to finishing it. Although finishing it means I’m done with the Silver Moon Saga, and I’m not quite ready for that…

I’ve also been trying to read more. Because I’ve been writing and editing so much, I haven’t had much time for books this year, but in July I was able to read a whole bunch! I hope to keep this up for the rest of the year; I still have piles of ARCs to get through!

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SALE!

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The ebook of The Sight Seer is on sale for just 99¢! It’s this week only, so make sure you check it out today!

How is everyone doing? I hope your summer (or winter, depending on where you are!) is going well. I’ve been hard at work on the second Silver Moon Saga novella. I finished my major edits yesterday, which means I can get back to The Shadow Stealer. It’s been weeks (months?) since I last read it, so I’m a little nervous. There’s always a little voice asking, “What if it sucks?!” Well, what if it does? Then I’ll just fix it. And fix it. And fix it, until I turn it into something I’m proud of. That’s the beauty of writing; you can always change it.

Happy Monday!

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Another month over.

So June is over. When did that happen? I was holed up in my writing cave and didn’t even notice the days flying by.

But I’m happy to say I finished writing the second Silver Moon Saga novella! Have I talked about the novella here? Maybe not. Let’s pretend I haven’t. The second novella was not something I planned on doing. I thought about it, yes, but I didn’t think I had enough material to fill a second novella. One story was written (I actually wrote it before I wrote The Soul Healer, and it’s about two characters who show up for the first time in that book! And the story takes place after The Soul Healer! Because that’s not weird and confusing at all.), and at the beginning of this year I had an idea for another story. But I was busy writing the final book, The Shadow Stealer, so I couldn’t work on that shiny new idea. Around that time I was convinced that yes, we needed a second novella, so I kept that idea in mind all these months. The more I thought about it, the more I realized it was going to be a heck of a lot longer than I originally anticipated. I decided to put it on hold once more and work on the third story for the novella, which is a short but sweet Gabi and Rafe story. With that finished, it was finally time to work on what I now refer to as Evan’s Not So Short Story.

 
Evan’s Not So Short Story (it does have a title, which is also going to be the title of the novella itself, but I’m keeping that a secret for the time being) is a prequel story, but it should be read after you read The Soul Healer. That sounds weird, but trust me, it works better that way. Originally I thought it would be maybe twenty pages long, but as the days went by, and the word count kept growing, I realized that wouldn’t be the case. It’s about the length of a novel now (add the other two stories, and yes, it’s definitely novel-length), and I regret nothing. I read it over this weekend and I love it immensely. I really can’t wait to share it with the world (January 27th!).

So that’s the novella. Three stories, two short, one humongous. It’s all written, and now I’m just working on edits. After that, it’s back to The Shadow Stealer! I haven’t read it since I heavily revised it, and I’m curious to see if my changes work or not. I’m actually going to make more changes based on things that came up in Evan’s Not So Short Story. It seems daunting right now, but I hope it’ll go smoothly. Final books are hard, you guys, but I’m going to work hard to give you the best possible ending!

June was all about writing, and July will be all about editing.

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BEA 2014

Happy June! According to WordPress, this blog turned two. I can’t believe it’s been two years already!

I also can’t believe that another BEA has come and gone. Yep, for the third year in a row, I was over at the Javits Center surrounded by books and book lovers. I ended up with forty-eight new books (that’s the same amount I got last year!) that I can’t wait to read. Want to see what I got?

day1Day One-I thought my arms were going to break carrying all of this! (7 of these are signed)

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I’m excited because a lot of these are YA contemporary, which I’m definitely in the mood for right now! There’s something about the summer that makes me want to read contemporary novels. But what do I read first? Usually I pretty much grab whatever book catches my eye and go from there, but sometimes I have a hard time choosing! I’ve seen my friends make lists of what to read during which month, and I’m going to try that method out. I’ll let you know if that works for me! I hope to get through a large chunk of them this summer since I’m in a huge reading mood and haven’t had a chance to read much this year, but it all depends on how my writing and editing goes with the final two books in the Silver Moon Saga! Last week was spent writing the last story for the second novella, and after I finish that, it’s time for another read of the final book. I have my work cut out for me, but I hope to be done by the end of the month or early next month!

It’s always sad when BEA is over, since I pretty much spend the entire year looking forward to it. But after three days of trekking to the Javits center, dealing with crowds, and carrying bags stuffed with books, it was nice to come home and relax! Now I’m literally surrounded by books (my bookshelf is full, so I have piles on my desk and dresser) and it’s amazing. I love it.

By the way, I joined Instagram, so feel free to follow me to see more BEA pictures. And dessert. I like posting pictures of desserts!

I will probably be quiet again, especially with all the writing and editing I have planned, but I do make an effort to update both my Facebook author page and my Twitter on a daily basis.

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The Soul Healer is here!

Talk about a crazy release day. The Soul Healer was scheduled for April 11th, but when I got up early that morning, it was no where to be found! All day long I received messages from people asking where it was, and by the evening, I wasn’t sure if I should continue with the release party or postpone it. It’s weird having a party without the guest of honor! But in the end we decided the party must go on, and about a half hour into it, The Soul Healer arrived on Amazon! I have no idea why it decided to be a diva and make us wait, but it definitely makes for an interesting story (ironically, The Sight Seer released a day earlier than it was supposed to!).

The party was a blast; we ended up having so many contests (thanks to donations from very generous authors!) that we had to extend it for another hour. We played games, talked about the books, and I revealed two exciting pieces of news:

 

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There will be five chapters to the Silver Moon Saga! Three full length novels, and two novellas. I wasn’t sure about the second novella, but I already have one story written, another one partially written, and an idea for the third one, so I’m going for it. And The Shadow Stealer (yay, I can finally call it by it’s proper title, instead of just “book three”) is in the process of being revised. The first two months of 2015 are going to be crazy, and I just can’t wait.

Happy Reading!

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Counting Down to Release Day.

One more week until The Soul Healer!! I can’t believe it’s almost finally here. This winter just dragged and dragged, and it never seemed like April was going to get here. Well, it did, and we are just seven days away from the next installment of the Silver Moon Saga!

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In case you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, I’m throwing a release party on Facebook with the help of my friends! Amy is my co-host, and my lovely fellow authors from both my agency and my publishing company have generously donated copies of their ebooks. There will be games and prizes, and it’s open to everyone, so I hope you can attend! The party will take place from 6-8 pm EST on April 11th. It’s my first release day party, and I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone.

And WordPress just informed me that this is my 100th entry, so hooray! 🙂

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NYC Teen Author Festival 2014

Yesterday I was in New York City for the huge signing event at Books of Wonder. From 1 pm to 4 pm, readers had the chance to meet sixty YA authors! It reminded me a little of Book Expo, but much more contained. That’s not to say it wasn’t crowded! I saw so many readers walking around with stacks of books to be signed, and the shelves were literally empty. How many times have you heard that people no longer buy books? Or that young adults don’t read? Well, guess what? That’s not true!

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I got a copy of The Unbound by Victoria Schwab, which she signed for me as we chatted about sequels and Comic Con (I had previously met her at Comic Con 2013, which is when I got The Archived!). I’m really excited to have both books signed (with matching bookmarks, also signed!). When I go to book signings, I usually only get one book in a series signed, so my collections aren’t, well, complete (Seriously. I’ll have book two of this series, book three of that series. It’s bad, and I definitely need to start filling in the holes.). It’s nice to finally own a matching set! Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend any of the other NYCTAF events, but I’m glad I was finally able to make it to the big signing at Books of Wonder this year!

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Revisions and Releases

I never mentioned it on here, but back in February I finished the first draft of the third Silver Moon Saga novel! It took me over three months to write (it’s very long), so it was a relief to finally reach the end. After giving myself some time off, I started revising in the beginning of March. I have a few issues with parts of the story, so I’ve been ripping whole chapters out and completely rewriting them. The process is slow, but I’ve done this before with other novels, so I’m not too worried. After I finish, I’m going to reread it one more time before passing it on to my beta, just to make sure everything makes sense. I’m excited to see how the new additions work (or don’t work, which means even more revising)!

We are less than a month away from the release of The Soul Healer! I’ve been sharing snippets and fun Silver Moon facts over on my Facebook Page, so if you haven’t liked the page already, make sure you do that! I’ve also unlocked The Soul Healer Pinterest Board. See if you can figure out what’s going to happen in the second Silver Moon Saga book! You can drool over the pictures of desserts while you’re at it. And you can always find me on Twitter!

As you can see, between revisions and preparing for my upcoming release, I have my hands full! Hopefully that means you’ll forgive me for neglecting my poor blog? 🙂

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Cover Reveal: The Soul Healer

So… Who’s ready for another cover reveal???

Today I’m sharing the cover for The Soul Healer, book two in the Silver Moon Saga!! When I saw the cover in my inbox, I gasped. And then I freaked. And then I started shaking. It is gorgeous and amazing and exactly what I wanted. EXACTLY.

So are you ready (or did you already scroll down and aren’t even reading this?)?

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Ahhhh!! See, I told you it’s gorgeous! The snow and the background and the font and GABI. LOVE IT. Huge thank you to Rue Volley for designing another stunner for me. And, because I always love it when other authors do this, here’s all three together:

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Which is your favorite?

Here’s the blurb:

It’s been two months since Gabi Harkins first learned of demons and the mysterious hunters who battle them. After discovering a few unbelievable surprises about herself, she simply wants to settle into a normal routine that involves dating her boyfriend Rafe Fitzgerald, hanging out with her friends, and eating lots of dessert. But when her peaceful life is destroyed by the ultimate of betrayals, Gabi must rely on her wits—and a few new crazy friends—to survive her hardest challenges yet.

 The sequel to The Sight Seer combines action, romance, and a healthy dose of humor as Gabi struggles to learn the truth about the secrets that surround her life.

You can add it to your Goodreads shelves here! It’ll be out April 11th, which is less than two months away! I honestly can’t wait for everyone to read this one. It’s dark but still funny, and introduces some of my favorite characters from the series. And there’s cake. And kissing. And all that fun stuff that Gabi would approve of.

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Now back to staring at my pretty cover–I mean, revising book three!

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The Fight for the Future Tour 2-22-2014

Yesterday (2/22) I attended The Fight for the Future Tour at Books of Wonder in New York City! It was my first book event of the year, and I’m so happy the weather was behaving itself for once, making it possible for me to go. We’ve been having snowstorms every other day it seems, but yesterday it was in the 50s, the sun was out, the snow was melting… What a great day!

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At the event, Alexandra Bracken, Dan Krokos, Amie Kaufman, and Meagan Spooner talked about their books, where their ideas came from, and how they were published. I especially enjoyed hearing about how Amie and Meagan co-wrote These Broken Stars despite living in completely different countries. Also, the amount of research each author did for their books to make them as accurate as possible was incredible.

They also talked about writing and revising, and how you shouldn’t spend all of your time trying to get the first draft perfect. Amie had a great quote about how you can’t edit a blank page, which I thought was incredibly true. You write and you revise and you revise and you revise. If you stress yourself out over not having a perfect first draft, you’ll never finish it.

There was a huge turnout, and I saw plenty of people with bags packed with books to be signed. I had a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to more events in the upcoming months!

Also, sorry for only one picture this time around. I actually had a column in front of me, obstructing my view. It was the only seat left when I got there (that’s how crowded it was!).